People will wonder if there is anything that will make the North Korean president, Kim Jong-un, cry. Well, that is no longer a thing to wonder about.

The tough leader broke down in tears before thousands of his country’s “mothers”.

North Korean president
North Korean president

It was not because he wanted their votes or their endorsement.  All he sought was increase in the nation’s population.

He cried and begged them to procreate in order to stop the steep decline in the birth rate of the nation.

The dictator was seen wiping his eyes with a handkerchief on Sunday, December 3, as he made his plea to the women gathered in Pyongyang for the National Mothers’ Meeting.

“Preventing a decline in birth rates and good childcare are all of our housekeeping duties we need to handle while working with mothers,” stated Kim Jong-un, addressing the women as “Dear Mothers.”


“These tasks include bringing up their children so that they will steadfastly carry forward our revolution.

”Also, eliminating the recently-increasing non-socialist practices, promoting family harmony and social unity.

“North Korea Promoting Family Harmony”

“Establishing a sound way of cultural and moral life, making the communist virtues and traits of helping and leading one another forward prevail over our society, stopping the declining birth rate, and taking good care of children and educating them effectively,” said Kim Jong-un.

“These belong to our common family affairs, which we need to deal with by joining hands with our mothers,” he added.


The United Nations Population Fund estimates that North Korea’s average fertility rate, or the average number of children born, was 1.8 in 2023.

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This is despite the fact that the birth rate has been declining over the past few decades.

Certain North Korean neighborhoods have seen relatively greater fertility rates than others that have been seeing a similar declining trend.

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